Girls Rock Camps are hosted around the world. The camps teach girls self-esteem, empowerment and, of course, to rock out.
“Rock Camp is about music, but it’s about more than music,” board chair Haley Zapal said in an interview with Lois Retizes. “Music is the medium through which we teach these girls about self-determination, collaboration and respecting one another.”
In the course of a week, grouped campers learn or improve upon their instruments, write a song and perform. Every day starts with workshops ranging from vocal instruction to the history of women in rock music. The campers also learn how to market their bands and design T-shirts, buttons and even zines. Of course, the campers must also come up with a band name. This year, some of the bands include Almost Joking, Yeastie Boys, the Petticoats and the She Devilz.
“The whole point is that it takes them through the whole process of becoming a band,” board member Kristin Anderson said. “Learning how to write a song and perform together and work through issues.”
Atlanta's branch of Girls Rock Camp has its 10th camper showcase this year. That’s at the Variety Playhouse this Saturday at 2 p.m.